I honestly believe that one of the most important things you can do for success – is to wake up each morning as a skeptical optimist.
Here’s what I mean by that…
You need skepticism, because that’s the critical thinker part of it all. You must question premises and not follow the herd blindly.
When people tell you that something can’t be done, you don’t accept that at face value. When people tell you that you “should” be doing something, you’ll weigh the input rationally and ponder questions like these:
Is the premise correct? Do they have a conflicting agenda here? Do they have my best interests at heart? Are they unknowingly following a mind virus that isn’t in my highest good? Are they qualified to give me that advice?
But you also need the optimist part. You have to go into things expecting them to work out. Nine times out of ten, the team that expects to win does. And when they both expect to win, the team that believes it more usually does.
Skepticism is good, because it keeps your mind open. But never fall prey to cynicism, because that closes your mind again. To be successful, you need a default setting of optimism. And this is a good strategy, because the evidence supports it.
Most people really are good and if given the chance, would like to do the right thing. We’re living in the greatest time in human history (until tomorrow), when so many wondrous things are possible. There has never been a better time to become successful, never been more opportunities to go from dead broke to multi-millionaire. (Or billionaire.) And the best way to make that happen, is wake up every morning as a skeptical optimist.